The Box and Packaging
Inside the box, you’ll find the instructional manual, software setup guide, postcard, drivers disc, 4 packs of SATA data cables, I/O shield, 3 x M.2 screws for you SSDs.
The BIOSTAR Racing X570GT8 Motherboard
The motherboard has a mat black design and finish. There are two heatsinks that cool the mofets/vrms but no heatpipes here. There’s also an additional heatsink with a rather “open” active cooling fan to cool the chipset.
You’ll also notice the 3 M.2 heat shields covering the M.2 slots.
A Closer Look
There are some nice features including 6 x SATA ports, 3 x PCIE 4.0 x16 slots (2 with Iron slot protection), 3 x PCIE 4.0 x1 slots, 3 x M.2 slots for SSDs (with heat shields), as well as pin headers for 5v and 12v RGB LEDs. There’s also the diagnostic diagnostic LEDs along with buttons for clear CMOS, reset and power on/off. LEDs along with buttons for clear CMOS, reset and power on/off.
Under the I/O hood, you’ll find a DVI-out, DisplayPort, HDMI, PS/2 keyboard and mouse port, 4 x USB 3.1, 2 x USB 3.2 (both Type-A and Type-C). There’s also the Intel gigabit ethernet LAN, and the usual array of connectors for 7.1 HD audio.